If you are having issues importing Sony RX10 II XAVC S 4K video to Avid Media Composer for post production, you may wish to read this post. It presents a way of converting RX10 II XAVC S 4K media to DNxHD .mov for use in Avid smoothly.
How to AMA Sony RX10 II XAVC S 4K files?
“Hi, there, I have some XAVC S 4k footage shot on a Sony RX10 II, which I want to import to Avid MC8.3 for further editing. My issue is that I can not find the correct AMA plugin to assist me to do this. Does anyone know what is the proper plugin I should use and how to AMA the RX10 II XAVC S 4K files? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks a lot.”
Sony’s RX10 II camera contains the world’s first memory-attached 1.0-type stacked CMOS image sensor. You can use it to create spectacular still images, and stunning 4K (3840 x 2160) movies at 30p or 24p and recording it in-camera to the memory card, for up to 29 minutes per clip. 4K video is encoded using an XAVC S codec at up to 100Mbps using full pixel readout without pixel binning, which should ensure excellent quality with minimal artifacts.
Unfortunately, it’s a painful thing to work with XAVC S codec in Avid MC. That’s because Sony has not yet written an AMA plug-in for XAVC-S. As far as we know, no time frame has been given and it may not ever exist. To be able to edit RX10 II XAVC S 4K video in Avid flawlessly, you will need to transcode RX10 II XAVC S 4K footage to a format that is compatible with Avid prior, such as DNxHD. This requires third party software like HD Video Converter. Check this short tutorial to learn how to convert RX10 II XAVC S 4K video to DNxHD for Avid editing.
Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter (download the right version depending on your computer system)
[Guide] How to encode Sony RX10 II XAVC S 4K files to DNxHD for Avid editing?
Follow these steps:
Step 1. Start up HD Video Converter as the best Sony RX10 II XAVC S 4K Converter for Avid. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ button to import your source files.
1. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can load multiple files to it for conversion at a time.
2. By ticking off ‘Merge into one file’ option, you can combine the selected video clips into a single file.
Step 2: Select output format for Avid
To convert Sony RX10 II XAVC S 4K files to DNxHD for Avid MC: from ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.
Step 3: Custom video and audio settings
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.
Step 4: Start Sony RX10 II XAVC S 4K files to DNxHD Conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported DNxHD MOV files for use in Avid with optimum performance. Nothing could be simpler or more immediate.
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